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April 13, 2007

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M.D.


Creoleonline:

You hit a lot of good points, but despite any resemblance to the iconic
Boss
Hogg, Sheriff Bob Buckley isn't part of the problem.

He's actually competent and compassionate , and makes do with the
resources
he has to work with, which are not a lot. There is no real tax base up
there. If you notice in the CNN piece, he calls for sex education in
public
schools. That's a bit of a politically bold statement for him to make,
and
he might be the only public figure in that whole region who could say
that
and get away with it. That one statement by Buckley probably pushed
the
liklihood of actually getting public school sex education in that
region
ahead by several notches.

As I already said, there is no real tax base in the area to fund much
public
infrastructure. There aren't any big employers. Drug abuse
(methamphetamine, heroin, crack) is particularly epidemic in the area,
and
there are no nearby treatment facilities or mental health clinics
public or
private. I daresay there is no juvenile holding facility---if there
is, I
haven't heard of it. There aren't any marital hotlines. Most of the
churches are so small, they don't even have fulltime ministers. For
that
matter, there's no trash & garbage pickup (nasty nasty dumpsters
scattered
on the roadsides about the parish, attracting vermin, scavengers,
dumpster-divers), no sewer system, a barely potable water system,
unreliable
and slow dial-up phone service too slow and expensive for Internet,
unreliable electricity, two-lane paved farm roads and gravel logging
roads,
etc. Even broadcast TV signal reception is spotty because of the hills
and
pine trees. Those that can afford it buy satellite TV, or cable if
it's in
their area. The public school system of Union Parish actually works
better
than most of the public infrastructure, because of state minimum
funding.
Needless to say, public school teacher and principal pay is some of the
lowest in the state.

What it amounts to, is, though the land itself is quite
beautiful--commercial pine forest, mixed forest, state & national
wildlife
preserves, high hills, rocky creeks, slow cypress-lined bayous, and
quiet,
wildflower-covered roadsides, lots of solitude---there are lots of poor
rural people of both races just barely hanging on in Union Parish.
Some
say, if these people don't have the sense to leave and go where they
can
find jobs and a better life, then maybe they deserve a fifth grade
where
students have sex in the back of the room if left alone a few minutes.
"Those that had some git up n go dun got up n left", some would say.

Well, that might be true on one hand, but those that are left, don't
want to
leave because it's their home. Most of these folks' families have been
on
this land since before the Civil War.

It's home. Surely someone familiar with pre- and post-Katrina New
Orleans
gets that.

For better insight into this particular segment of Louisiana culture
and its
disconnect, in many ways, with at least the "good parts" of modern
America,
watch the independent film, "Chrystal", by Ray McKinnon.

Keep stirring the pot, Creole!!!!

A Louisiana Girl up the road in Baton Rouge

Jane Reigo

I agree with both your points.

RG

SEX EDUCATION IN SOME SCHOOLS DOES NOT PREVENT SEX, BECAUSE I AM A STUDENT AND I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WHO TOOK SEX EDUCATION AND STILL HAVE SEX, SEX EDUCATION CAN TELL THEM WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES, BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH, IT THOSE 5TH GRADERS ARE OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE SEX, THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO GET CHARGED, PEOPLE LEARN FROM THEIR OWN MISTAKES, NOT FROM SOMEBODY ELSES

Ted Duplessis

O.K. Hitler. What about the parents and the teachers who left the class room unsupervised? Parents are old enough to have 5th grade kids and teachers are old enough to not do their jobs-then they are also old enough to also be charged with a crime. Parents and authority figures shouldn't get a free pass. Children are a direct reflection on their upbringing and parents. American prarents-have grown lazy and spoiled. No one holds parents accountable for their kid's bad actions. Sex education will not stop sex but it would cut down on sexual disease in the student body. Louisiana has high-tech, state of the art jails and prisons but the schools look like Little House on The Prarie.

Jill Beard

Louisiana is crazy. We lived there for 9 months and do not ever want to go back. this place is a haven for the KKK and other ignorant types. the schools do not follow federakl guidelines and they blame others when they do something wrong. this is the uncivilized state that the modern world seems to have left behind. I am glad to have left.

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